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July 25, 2013 DESTINATION No Comments Email Email

In a year’s time over a million visitors from across the globe will touch down in Glasgow to watch the world’s top athletes take to the sporting stage, as Tuesday 23 July marks ‘One Year To Go’ until the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Velodrome at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth GamesAs the city gears up for next summer and the cultural programme launches this month, there has never been a better time to visit the city – but what you may not know is that many of the official sporting facilities are ready and open for the public to use.

So have you ever wondered what it feels like to hit top speeds of 75km per hour on a professional velodrome circuit? Take a spin on the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome – with drop-in sessions starting from £10 for adults.

If you’d rather feel the thrill of tearing up a professional mountain biking track, there’s a brand new £600,000, 5.5km circuit at Cathkin Braes which is free to use – bikes can be hired for £40 per day.

Perhaps you want to upgrade your table tennis game from the back garden… you can practise your top spin at Glasgow Club Donald Dewar, where Prince William and Kate Middleton showed off their skills on their recent royal visit to the city – with table hire for £3.80 an hour.

From swimming to lawn bowls and gymnastics to shooting, this is the ultimate chance to ‘warm up’ for the main events and experience the world class sporting facilities that will play host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The ‘Go for Gold in Glasgow’ sporting guide launches on 23 July and is available at:

The Glasgow 2014 ticketing brochure and ticket registration launches on 23 July 2013 and tickets go on sale on 19 August 2013.


The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games take place from 23 July to 4 August 2014

For more information and images contact the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau press office on

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